Posted on January 18, 2019 at 4:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Those of you raised on the 1940s and 1950s versions of Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys might have noticed that the cover font has been making a comeback.

The titles of those books are in Lydian Bold, a font created by designer and children’s book illustrator Warren Chappell in 1938, according to Vox; the font was named after Chappell’s wife.

Lydian was a hot commodity in those years after World War II, starring not only on the covers of the beloved series mentioned above, but also on a wide variety of pulp novels.

Then, after a several-decades-long spell in obscurity, it started popping back up.  

Vox writer Kaitlyn Tiffany has spotted it on several book covers in the past few years, in addition to ads and businesses worldwide.

Check out the story of its rise, fall, and resurgence on Vox.

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